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Fun Weekend With Friends and Family

January 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Becky, Chris, Rachelle

Friday: Amanda came down to watch Makai while Dallas and I went out for the night. First we had some happy hour drinks downtown with Jessica, Todd, Adam, Brian and Damien. Then we headed to the Roundarch Isobar holiday party at Siena Tavern. After 11 weeks, it was so nice to see all of my work friends, but it really did drive home the fact that I only have a few weeks left until I go back to work! Still a fun night. As per usual with the Isobar holiday parties: great food, endless open bar, lots of fun. This was the most drinks I’ve had in one night in literally a year. And the longest I stayed up forever (not counting New Years, when Makai was with us). Paired with the fact that I’d been sick the two previous days, I lost my voice for the whole weekend. So worth it, though!

Saturday: Amanda decided to stay over one more night instead of driving home and driving back on Sunday. We ate bacon all day and went to brunch at Revolution Brewing where she met her new favorite beer: Gravedigger Billy, a barrel-aged scotch ale.

Makai & Jessica & a bunch of beer & a grape soda.

Sunday: Richard, Stephanie and Jessica came down. We had lunch/brunch at the Goose Island Brewpub on Clybourn. Amanda met another new favorite beer: Extremely Naughty Goose, an imperial brown ale with a chocolate and whiskey flavor. I had the London Fog, a milk stout with chocolate and Earl Grey tea, and really liked that. We also both had more bacon in the form of bacon jam! This trip to Goose Island was Makai’s second restaurant outing (not counting Starbucks). I don’t think he even knew he went, though. He slept the whole time!


After lunch, Jess, Steph, Amanda and Makai went home and Richard and I went and saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. We have seen all of the Hobbit and LOTR movies together.

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Makai’s First Christmas

December 24th, 2013 · 1 Comment






We celebrated Makai’s first Christmas with my family up in Wisconsin. Makai was the star of the day, as you can see! He got lots of love and lots of presents.





The weather was not good at all. Only rain in Chicago and Illinois, but in Wisconsin there was a lot of fog and snow predicted for the evening. And it snowed the night before… so our day was more abbreviated than we’d have liked, but we still had a fun time getting together and hanging out. Just sucks that we had to worry about the weather and not just totally relax!


For dinner, Amanda made beef tenderloin, like she did last year, and it turned out great. She also tried to make some truffle mushroom risotto for the first time and that was super good too! My parents brought some ham and a ton of homemade candy – peanut butter balls, Special K bars, fudge, cookies, and tons of treats dipped in chocolate. Dallas and I have been a little busy adjusting with Makai and I’m just starting to feel like myself again, so we didn’t bake or cook, but contributed a lot to the beer and wine stock!





After dinner we opened gifts. For Steph we got some things for college next year (!!!!!!) and a gift card to get more. And for Jess I picked out some clothes and accessories that she seemed to like and then gave her a gift card to shop for more! She’s getting so grown up now and I’m not sure I can keep up with tween/teen trends! PLUS, she didn’t make her Christmas list until like 2 days before Christmas. When my brother sent it out I was wrapping her gifts! Stephanie got a funny gift from my parents. The box said it was a Nap Sack, a hood so you can take a nap anywhere. What the heck? But it turned out to be a prank box! Inside was a scarf that she really wanted! Makai got a mobile for his crib, some “First Christmas” ornaments for our tree (next year! we didn’t have one this year!), some cool toys and a super cute outfit!



Next we did our adult gift exchange. We draw names and have a $50 limit, so it doesn’t get too crazy. I got Amanda (gift certificate for a massage and chocolates) and Amanda got me (pampering package with chocolates, hot cocoa, bath salts, candle, etc). Dallas got my mom (coffee mug and Hawaiian coffee) and my mom got Dallas (Cowboys grill tool and lots of spices and hot sauce). My dad got Richard (tons of beer from WI breweries) and Richard got my dad (tons of amber beer). Funny. Everyone got some great gifts!! I can’t wait to relax with mine and Dallas has used his spices and hot sauces every day so far!


Every year there is a gift that makes my mom cry and this year it was the personalized coffee mug that said “I Love Grandma” all over it and had photos of her and Makai. As you can see my dad loves it when she gets all choked up!

And this is the priceless gift that was part of my present from Amanda:


We already have one day lined up!!

The next day Makai was fussy all day. I think he was in shock that people were not fighting to change his diaper or feed him or cater to every little whimper! Actually, he probably was just really tired!! I don’t think he slept all day when we were visiting. But, it was worth it for such a fun day with family!

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Starting To Come Together..

October 10th, 2013 · 2 Comments


Last weekend we got our baby furniture for the baby’s room. Big thanks* to Vanessa and Damien (and Derek!) for passing it on, and to my brother for helping transport it all. It was nice to get the furniture in place so that we could finally sort through all of the baby stuff that we’ve just been piling in the room. Since I took this photo we have rearranged the furniture a few times, but hey, it finally looks like a kid’s room. I have bedding on order and still need to hang artwork, but… YAY! for progress!!

Also, I recently came back across this photo I posted when we announced I was pregnant. I remember feeling like a whale at that time and now I look back at it and think how small and cute I look…. compared to this (photo taken last week, at 37 weeks):


* Also, thanks to my mom, who handmade a lot of the things in the room and my dad, who did the awesome paint job!

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